MK Nobilette was easily the most high-profile contestant to leave “American Idol” so far this season, at least when it comes to generating headlines. In her case, not all of them were about her singing.
Earlier this season MK became the first contestant to publicly acknowledge her sexuality during the course of the competition, and of course there are advantages and disadvantages to that. From one vantage point, it makes her an inspiration; however, at the same time it does also put that added pressure on her to represent a community, and it is possible that there are some out there who will not support her just because of who she is.
Speaking on Friday to reporters, Nobilette took a good approach to the whole situation, and was diplomatic about the impact of her sexuality on the voting public:
“Of course. I think it did affect some of my votes from the audience. But I think it would have affected my votes if I didn’t say it, as well. I think it was good and bad.”
In the end, we don’t think that her being gay was the reason at all that she went home. She stumbled on a lyric during her performance of “Perfect,” and also was the first person to perform. Historically, that has been the kiss of death more than almost any other thing.
Nobilette also spoke a little about her interaction with Adam Lambert from earlier this season, which was mostly significant in this context thanks to the way in which America was talking about his sexuality while he was on the show:
“I did talk to Adam Lambert a little bit. He was proud of me for doing it. We are both on different standpoints; Adam didn’t talk about his sexuality when he was on the show, because he felt like it didn’t matter. But for me, I feel the opposite [in that] I feel like it is part of me, and I feel like it matters. If I wanted America to get to know me, and know who I am, then they should know my sexuality.”
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